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Constance Prester

December 20, 1920 ~ December 14, 2020 (age 99)


Mrs. Constance B. Prester, 99, passed away peacefully, at home, with her loved ones by her side, on Monday, December 14, 2020.

Constance was born in Cleveland, OH, December 20, 1920, a daughter of the late Joseph and Julia (Chapp) Shimkus. She was raised and educated in Fort Plain, NY. On November 23, 1939, Connie was joined in marriage to Salvatore “Sam” Prester. Sam and Connie shared forty-four years of love and the best years of those years were spent on Lansing St. and at their summer home on Oneida Lake, with family and friends. She was employed for many years as a seamstress at Joseph and Feiss Co.

Connie was an avid reader and also loved going to the casino and playing scratch offs. Ultimately her greatest joy in life, was spending time with her beautiful family.

She is survived by her three daughters and sons-in-law, Johanna and Eugene DeCrisci, of Ellicott City, MD, Carol and Al Owens, with whom she resided and Juliette and Dennis Giovinazzo, of Marcy; beloved grandchildren, Mark and Bianca Owens, Tracey and Frank Archambeault, Brian and Diana Owens, Gina and Brian Farmer, Vincent and Dana DeCrisci, Dana and Bob Murdock, Beth DeCrisci, Cheryl and Josh Cotton, and Dennis and Shannon Giovinazzo; great grandchildren, Jackson and Ethan Archambeault, Krystal Jarvis, Salvatore DeCrisci, Vincent DeCrisci, Victoria DeCrisci, Gabrielle and Joseph DeCrisci, Patrick Coffin, Mikayla Coffin, Alessandra Giovinazzo, Justin Farmer, Nicholas Farmer, Serena Farmer, Adam Murdock, Rachel Murdock, Johanna Grace Murdock, Luca Owens, Rachel Owens and Eliana Owens; great great grandchild, Micah Coffin; and also many nieces and nephews, especially acknowledging, Anthony “Butch’ and Joanne Sisti, Beverly DiPerna, and Barbara Broccoli. She was predeceased by her parents, Joseph and Julia Shimkus; her in-laws, Felice and Giovanna Prester; a grandson, Gene DeCrisci; sisters and brothers-in-law, Tillie and Dick Musa, Aggie and Anthony “Curly” Sisti; brothers and sisters-in-law, Walt and Stella Shimkus, Vera and Frank Sonsini, Mary and Bill Mancino, and Ang and Sam DiBenedetto.

Her family will honor her in a private gathering and she will be laid to rest beside her husband at Calvary Cemetery. During these socially difficult times in our country and community, reaching out with a message of sympathy on our website is of great comfort to the family.

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